Washington: The International Monetary Fund(IMF) has openly questioned the UK's new fiscal plans and called for more targeted support measures. An IMF spokesperson called the fiscal measures, including the large-scale tax cuts, "untargeted" and said they will "likely increase inequality" given "elevated inflation pressures" in the UK, reports Xinhua news agency.
The IMF said that "it is important that fiscal policy does not work at cross purposes to monetary policy" and called on the UK government to "re-evaluate the tax measures, especially those that benefit high income earners", on November 23, when Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng is expected to make his next budget announcement. The UK consumer price index rose by 9.9 per cent in the 12 months to August, as food and non-alcoholic beverage prices rose by 13.1 per cent. To tackle high inflation, the Bank of England (BoE) has increased interest rates to 2.25 per cent, the highest since 2008. In response, a UK Treasury spokesperson said Kwarteng will "publish his medium-term fiscal plan on November 23, which will set out further details on the government's fiscal rules." The rebukes were part of drastic market reactions to the government's new measures. The plans, announced on September 23 by Kwarteng, include cancelling the planned increase in corporation tax to 25 per cent and keeping it at 19 per cent, and reversing this April's 1.25 percentage point rise in National Insurance contributions. (IANS)